Because I've always wanted to...
In June I decided to travel to a relatively unknown area of Mozambique and then onto Lake Malawi. What I discovered was truly sensational and this has provided laterallife with a varied back-drop of ideas for holidays but most notably the summer and October half terms where the climate is just perfect with minimal humidity!! Flying into Joburg and then onto Nampula in Northern Mozambique, my first port of call was a stunning hotel called Coral Lodge – just the spot to get over a long journey.
A short hop up the coast and I arrived at Nuarro Lodge where the humpback Whales had just arrived in the local bay. Here one has formidable scuba diving, dhow sailing and a stunning stretch of beach.
My route to Malawi took me back to Ilha de Mozambique which for many centuries was the old capital. A historically fascinating island being severely unspoilt and here in my view, Terraco das Quitandas - is the laterally selected place to stay and explore the ancient Portugese fort, cobbled streets and faded architectural splendour reminding me of what Stone Town, Zanzibar may have looked like!!
Flying westwards across the country via Lichinga, you eventually emerge from the hills of the Rift valley at the shore of Lake Malawi. 25 minutes in a speed boat and you arrive at Nkwichi a magical eco-lodge nestled into the hills of the Manda Wilderness reserve – definitely come here to write your memoirs and forget about the world!!
My final stop was a 45 minute boat trip to Likoma Island from Nkwichi. A dodgy customs hut welcomed me into Malawi per se and then lo and behold around the corner is the sumptuous bay and lodge called Kaya Mawa! - Nothing quite prepares you for this little gem!! Nkwichi and Kaya Mawa are very close to each other and very different but both equally superb in their own way.
For a sample itinerary aimed towards couples and families with children featuring some of the highlighted properties below please click here.
Whilst not advocating a stay at all these properties in one trip, they do classically represent a fascinatingly unspoilt area of Africa and the lake properties combine superbly with a safari in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia as well as the famous Victoria Falls.
Hoping you all had a wonderful summer and I look forward to sharing with you next month, my and Helen’s extensive journey around Brazil this August.